Farms along Crocodile River

Farms along Crocodile River

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26/03/2019 1:59 pm

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contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, this image shows farms next to the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Farmers growing sugar cane and fresh fruit take water from the river to irrigate their crops, leaving less for those people living downstream. In response to severe water shortages, the South African government passed the National Water Act of 1998, which is intended to restrict the amount of water farmers use for irrigation.

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